SPECIAL XI FOOTBALL CLUB
FUNDING & TRAINING EQUIPMENT FOR THE
SPECIAL XI FOOTBALL CLUB
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SPECIAL XI FOOTBALL CLUB
Dear Business Owner,
Let me take this opportunity to introduce you to the Special XI Football Club. The Special XI
Football Club is in its 85th season and will be continuing a tradition of developing skills of
young boys and plans to field competitive teams that enjoy success at the highest level
throughout our community.
As the club begins the new season, it is fair to say that the Special XI Football Club will once
again have a positive impact on the lives of the Edendale township area youth. This season
we are pleading to local businesses such as yours to help in providing the necessary
fundamental playing kit and training equipment for these dedicated players to be able to
fully participate in the Edendale Football Association League for the coming year. The only
way this objective can be met is by creating team and club sponsorship opportunities.
The Special XI Soccer Club is guided by dedicated volunteers led by our chairman Mr. L.S.
Vilakazi. Our sources of revenue come from donations received from generous individuals
and businesses; and contributions from the club’s volunteers (coaches & chairman).These
contributions unfortunately don’t fully cover the needs/fundamentals that the club is
sometimes faced with or requires such as referee fees, the necessary playing and training
equipment, awards and tournament entry fees. On the upside, we are not faced with
transportation fees as all of our football matches take place in one or two venues
throughout the entire season. These two stadia/venues are relatively close (walking
distance) to the players homes/residences. In order to make this experience/dream a
reality, we are appealing/pleading to businesses, family and friends to help our dreams turn
into this reality by becoming a team or club sponsor.
We are open to any form of sponsorship that you may be willing to provide as it would be
Anyone interested in supporting the club should contact Sanele Vilakazi, the club’s liaison
officer whose contact details are attached below.
Special XI Football Club
P O Box 45, Edendale, 3217
Club Contact Number: 079 479 4490
Soccer is viewed by many as a major sporting event in the world. The game of football has
resulted to skills development in many nations across the globe.Besides,sport in general and
football in particular have emerged as a single unifying factor, even in the moment of
political, ethical and socio-religious tension and feuds. Nations across the world have united
behind this game. Football has bridged the racial divide and brought people of other nations
into a union of oneness.
Most youths are ready to defy some of the challenges prevailing in the world today such as
unemployment and economic hardship, which has reduced them to the level of desperation.
Most of them have given up hope and have buried their talents and indulge in activities such
as drug abuse, gangsterism and banditry. It can therefore not be argued that idleness breeds
crime and other numerous malpractices that can only lead to the destruction of individuals
and their communities.
In the context of Pietermaritzburg, there are numerous challenges which are still predominant
in most of its townships such as Ashdown, Imbali, Sobantu, Edendale, Sweetwaters etc. This
is because the desire and zeal to conquer and be number one has unfortunately not been
matched with opportunities and facilities to nurture their skills and talents. It is in this context
that the Special XI Football Club was formed, to transform the lives of building talents of
Goal and rationale
The future of every country and its related society lies in the youthful population. Investing in
youths entails building a solid foundation for future leaders by maximizing their potentials.
The club gives young people a chance of making it in life through football. The founders of
the club believe that young people are rough diamonds whom if well polished shall shine for
the whole of humanity.
The goal of the football club is to offer an opportunity for maximum development of talent in
youth through training and nurturing of their talents in football. Most of the players within the
team have been identified through township competitions and street playing arenas.
• Creating a sustainable football club in order to develop football in this part of
• Identify sports talents in young people and giving them a chance at making a career
even away from the club
• Engaging young people’s physical and moral education with a view to reducing
crime, drug abuse as well as the fight against HIV/AIDS
• Building friendship ties with stakeholders as well as other sports oriented entities and
participating in activities that promote friendship, tolerance and the fight against
racism and all forms of discrimination
The importance of this club and its activities lies also in the anticipated outcome and the
benefits would be multi-dimensional
• Junior and senior footballers are trained and equipped with basic material for re-
training and career development
• Training activities shall equally present and encourage the spirit of competition and
especially self-challenges in all participants, whose spirit shall build strong
personalities in each of them
• Project beneficiaries: the Special XI Football Club, talented youth, the community of
Edendale, the people of KZN and the country at large
The coming together of young people from all parts of the Edendale community shall foster
friendship ties and encourage national integration.
• Will succeed in giving a chance of self-esteem and discovery to young people
• Taking into consideration the poverty level in townships and country, training
activities offered by the club shall give a cross section of young people a chance of
playing and winning. The club expects to build lasting ties with various stakeholders
with whom the future of young people may be made brighter
• The club is geared toward physical moral, linguistic and professional development of
the youth in local football
The club was formed in 1969 the initial founders of the team were Ephraim Yinde Magasela
and Simon Ntinga Zuma.The earliest record of players who have plied their trade for this
team include Mdladla “Knox” Khumalo, Raymond Vusani Ngubane, Mpisi Zwi “A1”
Ndlovu.Peter “Pack and Go” Madlala, Raymond “Vala Webafana” Cele, Thomas “Tom
London” Ntuli, Roy “Nkunzembomvu” Made, Tshu “scara” Khanyile, Mdubane Mtolo and
The founding/directors of the club
Mr A.B.C. Xaba,Baba Khanyile,Rodgers Ndodo Madlala,Mr Mathonsi,Bonginkosi
Madlala,Pass Ndlovu, Chief Mhlabunzima Maphumulo,Bhayo Ngubane,Madodo
Dlomo,Zero “My Hero” Khanyile,Micheal Mbhele and others.
The original team colours were brown and gold but as time went on and with a constant lack
of funding/sponsorship the team has been reduced to wearing any colour of kit that we had at
our disposal or was given to the club.
The club was sponsored by the late Mr. Graham Volans (of Volans dry cleaners) and his
family. The sponsorship deal soon ended after his untimely passing. Other past contributors
to the team were the then Edendale Ward Councillor Dlamini who sponsored the club with a
playing kit and some of our founding directors who did the same
Some of our most outstanding and talented players who have dawned the Special XI Football
Club jersey include the (in their respective positions by numbers)
1. Ephraim Yinde Magasela
2. Return “Masosha” Magasela
3. Shukela Made
4. Mzayoni Sibiya
5. Bheki Nqola
6. Pho “KK” majola
7. Mgi “Skiri” Ngubane
8. Rocky “Banana” Ford
9. Themba “Mabona Kude” Mbhatha
10. Reggie Maphanga
11. Felix Mabaso
12. Derrick Mabhamu
League position and competitions
In 1947 the club failed to gain promotion to the then NPSL (now the PSL) as they stumbled
at the last hurdle losing to Sobantu Manchester (2-1) in the play offs.
The club has enjoyed numerous successes in the following cup competitions
• Various local association cup games
• PADSA Easter Tournament
• The Castle Challenge
Memorable football games the club has partaken in
The club has gone toe-to-toe with some of the top football playing sides throughout the years.
These sides included:
• Chesterville United Brothers
• Nduduma Young Tigers
• Glencoe Young Tigers
• Bruntville Young Tigers
• Machibisa Fast XI
• Georgetown Pirates
• Maritzburg City Colts
• Sanswill Swallows
• Smero Bush Buffaloes
• City Rebels
• Carlton Athletics
• Swift Swallows
• Richmond Junior Aces
• Sobantu Shooting Stars
• Eleven Express
• Ashdown Young Sweepers
• Mighty Pa
• Georgedale Black Aces
Recent and current prolific players
Wilfred “Bhelele” Mlangeni, Shoes Myaka, Sbu Ndlovu, Zero ndlela, Dubula Majozi, Mzo
“Bhele” Nxumalo, Grootman “Zulelphezulu” Mncwabe and Mandla “Chistano” Malili
• The club’s training activities shall reinforce the spirit of friendship and unity amongst
young people who constitute a very active and consequently very volatile section of
• The training activities shall be welcomed by the local authorities as an antidote
against the growing rate of drug abuse
• Even if none of the above occurs, we would have succeeded in the physical and moral
education of our young people and given them enough reason to dream, which dreams
they may realize some day with or without us. This is what we call success.
Needs of the football club
• Training material: football boots,jerseys,training kits,cones,soccer socks, shin
guards,footballs,training bibs, first aid medical facilities, nets and all other sports
equipment and materials
• Core area of need: sponsorship/funding for playing kit and training equipment of the
Monitoring and evaluation
1. The Special XI Football Club will identify and train those youth who are talented/not
talented in football
2. The club will help expose the trained and talented footballers into the local and
3. The football club will market the product of its sponsors and funding agents
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